Tri Dee Arts to Celebrate New Look, Owners, Focus, & Products with Open House

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A traditional small-town store of downtown Mount Vernon, Tri Dee Arts, will be celebrating new ownership and other recent changes with an open house this November, and those attending will receive tons of free giveaways, as well as free movie-style popcorn, and special discounts.

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In celebration of its new look, renovations, and new ownership, Tri Dee Arts’ will be holding a grand reopening and open house this Nov. 17-18. Come in and meet Summer and Travis Houlihan, the new owners, while receiving free gifts, free movie-style popcorn, and special discounts!

“I used to come here as a kid,” said Summer of her recent purchase of the store. “And I thought it was the coolest place in the world! Now we just want to keep that image alive, while taking on a new direction. To do that, the store has undergone renovations and added $100,000 in brand-new inventory.”

While still being the best art supply store in Skagit County, Tri Dee Arts now has a great selection of retro games and toys, a huge line of books, and a selection of science kits and craft kits for children, as well as a huge selection of hilarious novelties. Within its walls, visitors will find strange and unusual items, such as edible crickets, potato clocks, ant farms, a Risk game containing wooden pieces, and Day of the Dead masks. The goal, Summer said, is to become the "cool stuff" store of Skagit County and keep it fun and creative, an environment full of unique and unusual items, sort of like what was seen in the movie “Mr. Magorium’s Wonderous Emporium,” starring Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman in 2007. Tri Dee's Web site is , and to see the store's Facebook page, go to

About Tri Dee Arts

Tri Dee Arts is a successful mom-and-pop-style entrepreneurial icon of Downtown Mount Vernon. It is perhaps best known for the traditional giant spider that adorns its rooftop every Halloween, and it was first established by its previous owner, Jerry Dennis, who has since gone into retirement. It has been in existence in one form or another, under various names, since 1967, and officially took up its Tri Dee moniker in 1974. Summer worked as Jerry’s employee for 15 years before purchasing the store and making the exhilarating leap into small-business ownership. She and her husband, Travis, signed the final ownership paperwork last January.

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